Micro-Poem Collection

Micro-Poem Collection …

micro-poem collection
surprise ending in sight


*This collection of micro-poems was originally published separately on HubPages but due to their short length (low word count) they were never really suited there and were among my lowest-rated hubs. I decided to unpublish them there and give them a fresh lease of life here at The Creative Exiles, as a combined collection.


My Dog Jack

I have a dog
His name is Jack.
I throw the ball
He brings it back.
Cats love chasing
Mice and rats,
Jack prefers
To chase dem cats.
To get his food
He’ll beg and sit.
When I take him walking
He’ll stop and…wag his tail.

Not A Happy Camper

My son is so excited
To camp is his desire.
I send him off to fetch some wood
So we can light the fire.
Night is falling quickly
The day is almost spent.
Before the light’s completely gone
I have to pitch the tent.
I skim through the instructions
I’ve never camped before.
Struggling with the pegs and ropes
As rain begins to pour.
“I give up, it’s just too hard
I’m freezing and I’m wet”.
I let the tent fall to the ground,
And back in the car, I get.

Nobody But Me

Nobody knows you
Like I know you.
Nobody loves you
Like I love you.
Nobody needs you
Like I need you.
Nobody wants you
Like I want you.
Nobody but me
Knows you.
You are
My credit card pin.

The Lazy Traveler

By plane, by train, by bus, or car
I love to travel near and far.
Lovely photos of the sights,
Ocean scenes, and city lights.
Meeting locals, sampling food,
Mountain hiking, swimming nude.
Through Europe, Asia, and USA,
To different countries every day.
“Getaway” is my favorite show,
It takes me where I’d love to go.

Why Do You Love Me?

At fifteen, you loved me.
At thirty, you loved me.
At forty, you still loved me.
And then it was over.

You left me,
Feeling dejected and small.
Do you feel superior?
Can we try again?

I want to love you,
But I don’t know if I can.
I’m willing to try though,
Even if you beat me.

I hate playing you at tennis,
And getting defeated
Two sets to love,
Every time.

Sibling Rivalry

Why do they get all the affection?
It’s not like I’m the jealous type.
Being one of four ain’t easy,
Everyone vying for attention.

The two girls, Phoebe and Fanny
Are favorites, I know it.
Sleeping in the bedroom
With Mom and Dad.

I sneak in when I can,
If Humphrey’s not around.
My brother is a bully,
He always wants to fight me.
Life isn’t easy
…………being a cat..

Humphrey’s away at the moment,
Or asleep somewhere.
I think I’ll go and
……….pee on his cushion.

The Frustrated Writer

Sitting silent at my desk
Staring blankly at the screen
Fingers hover over keys
But no words come to be.
Writer’s block, or lacking thoughts
Is my inspiration gone?
Or maybe it is just because
The power switch isn’t on.

by John Hansen © 2013


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John Hansen

Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure. After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com. Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction. I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren. I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials. It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems. I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

8 thoughts on “Micro-Poem Collection

  • November 19, 2019 at 11:50 AM

    John, I have always been a fan of your poetry and these ones with ‘surprise endings’ are delightful and fun to read. Wonderful works.

    • November 19, 2019 at 7:03 PM

      Hey, Phyllis. Good to see you, and thanks for the kind comment about my poetry. These were fun to write.

  • November 19, 2019 at 4:16 PM

    All of these are awesome – I really like the frustrated writer…lol… very good stuff John!

  • November 19, 2019 at 7:05 PM

    Howdy, Kurt. So glad you enjoyed this bit of frivolity. Yeah, I’m a frustrated writer…more so due to the state of my Internet connection, or the computer. I promise the power is turned on.

  • November 22, 2019 at 1:06 PM

    John these were all great in their own ways. I really.related with the frustrated writer as well, it seems too many days the power isnt on for me. Lol. Oh well. I also really enjoyed all the interesting twists and clever phrasing involved in many of them. Nice work John

  • November 22, 2019 at 4:51 PM

    Glad you enjoyed these, Paul. I was writing these regularly at one stage. The frustrated writer was, in fact, the first one I wrote. Thanks for the kind comment.

  • November 23, 2019 at 8:46 AM

    I love light verse John but you probably already now that. I feel poetry sometimes takes itself way too serious and you have done a professional job of lightening the mood. Jamie

  • November 24, 2019 at 3:18 AM

    Thank you, Jamie. Yes, I know you like light verse through your limericks etc. I agree that often poetry does take itself much too seriously. We need to have some fun with it as well.


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